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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (22 April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349103623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349103624
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Falling somewhere between the realms of Henry Adams and all of Monty Python, Gore Vidal has for many years served as America's own Tiresias (Jay McInerney)

Absolutely unique . . . Vidal is a master (Italo Calvino)

One of the most brilliant, most radical and most subversive pieces of writing to emerge from America in recent years (New Statesman)

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An hilarious novel about the art of writing itself

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ADAM on 23 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
*Who will be the new mayor of Duluth?
*What's inside the alien space-ship that has landed in the city?
*Who is Big John?
*And, will Chloris Craig, the author who cannot read or write, ever discover who killed Betty Grable?
*And whose baby is Darlene Eck carrying?
*Can the Marchioness of Skye get the secret plans, which she has stolen, to Napoleon in Moscow?

These and many other important questions can only be answered by reading Gore Vidal's eccentric Duluth

The sub-plots that criss-cross and interweave, often overlapping and merging, are brilliantly original. The characters, who even when dead reappear in different guises, are well-portrayed and behave outrageously.

Vidal's humour is vibrant, radioactive, penetrating, and cutting.

This is a book that I cannot recommend highly enough.

Review by author of "ALIWAL" & "ROGUE OF ROUXVILLE"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zoe vp on 27 Aug. 2012
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I randomly picked up "Duluth" from my mum's book collection. It sounded very random but I was intrigued. I knew Gore Vidal as a historian and this just sounded very different. Since I have recommended this book to everyone. After I read it I wished that I knew of more people who had. All you want to do is talk about it. It's like a historical satire which often has you re-reading passages as you are left dumbfounded. I have NEVER read anything like it...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By john_france on 1 Dec. 2009
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Completely mad, crazy, non-PC.......just brilliant, precise, observed clear writing. Couldn't put it down. Laughed out loud.....bought copies for friends (will they stay friends though when they find I find this funny?) Just read it and go with it .......don't say "this is a bit weird" - of course it is ! So is life!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. D. Welsh TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2015
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Anyone who would read this book must simply adore it. It's just pure "essence of Vidal" - who was to the second half of the 20th century what Oscar Wilde was a century before. (With maybe an admixture of H.L. Mencken). This novel's opening words are typical: "Duluth! Love it or loathe it, you can never leave it or lose it". Right away, you are confronted with the sardonic political commentator in Vidal: this obviously lampoons the classic redneck utterance, "America! Love it or leave it". Elsewhere, he offers the deliciously oblique judgment that, "every society gets the Duluth that it deserves" (a statement usually made about governments rather than industrial lakeside towns). Corrupt politicians, brutal sexually obsessed policewomen, aliens (illegal and extraterrestrial), revolution, social climbing, fiction, TV... all human life is here. Readers of Robert A Heinlein's later work, including such novels as "The Number of the Beast", may suspect some possible psychic linkage or leakage involving "the world as myth" - the idea that every possible universe, including those depicted in works of fiction, coexists somehow. Suffice it to say that, if you love Vidal, you owe it to yourself to read "Duluth".
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